I grew up in the North West of England at the edge of the Peak District National Park. Sheep grazing the rolling hills was a common sight, and sheep dog trials were held in the extensive grounds of Lyme Park a few miles from my family home. It was there that I came to appreciate the beauty and intelligence of the breed we all love.
Education followed by long hours at work precluded caring for a canine companion for many years. Scholarships to Stockport Grammar School and then Cambridge University, where I read Natural Sciences as an undergraduate, were followed by postgraduate research first at Cambridge to obtain my PhD in organic chemistry and then at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California as a NATO Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. I worked for Merck in England for 10 years at their former Neuroscience Research Center before being lured back to Southern California to work for Amgen, where I focused primarily on designing targeted cancer therapies for 13 years before early retirement. I published extensively during this time, and am inventor on 20 US patents.
I live with my wife Deanna and, more recently, two border collies in Simi Valley, California. We show in conformation, having finished our first dog Buck last year, and now enjoy watching him blossom in the breed ring as he matures. We also strongly believe that the working ability of the breed should not be lost as breeding priorities have inevitably shifted in the conformation world. Buck was sired by a dual champion, and I am now training hard with Buck in herding. It has been (and continues to be) a steep learning curve for me, but Buck is coping well with my inexperience and together we earned his first herding title (HTAD I-s) earlier this year and currently have two qualifying runs toward his HSAs title.
I have been active with the Border Collie Club of Greater Los Angeles (BCCGLA) for the last four years, including chairing several herding trials. I have also been club treasurer for the last two-and-a-half years. In this role, I have managed the club’s finances and ensured compliance with Federal and State filing requirements for the club as a registered 501(c)(7) non-profit organization. It was an unexpected honor to be nominated for the position of treasurer for the parent club and I will do my best to fulfill the significant responsibilities of this position.
Email: Adrian Smith